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The undersigned associations, which represent a broad swath of the business community and whose members employ millions of Americans, respectfully urge you to raise the federal debt limit. We urge you to vote for the amendment in the nature of a substitute to S.627, The Budget Control Act of 2011.

Failure to increase the statutory debt limit in a timely fashion could have significant and long-lasting negative impact on the U.S. economy. Raising the statutory debt limit is critical to ensuring global investors’ confidence in the creditworthiness of the United States. Tough calls on U.S. spending must be made as part of a debate about the budget and we agree that restoring balance to our fiscal position will require that the government spend less and spend more wisely.

This legislation is necessary to extend the debt limit and avoid a default on the obligations of the United States. It would extend the current debt limit in two phases: the first phase would provide for $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending cuts and an immediate increase of $1 trillion in the debt limit. The bill would allow for a subsequent increase of $1.6 trillion in the debt limit once Congress passes legislation to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.8 trillion. The second stage of spending reduction would be formulated by a bi-partisan Congressional committee and be voted on by the Congress in an “up or down” vote. The bill additionally would require a vote on a balanced budget amendment by the end of the year.

A default on the obligations of the United States would result in immediately higher interest rates, a likely decline in the dollar, a drop in the stock markets, potentially higher oil prices and loss of economic growth and jobs. Longer-term, a default would likely result in a downgrade of U.S. debt instruments resulting in higher interest costs, which will add to the cost of financing our nation’s debt.

The nation is now risking unthinkable default. While no legislation is perfect, the current proposal cuts spending immediately by more that the extension of the debt ceiling, provides an enforceable mechanism to produce additional spending reductions with extensions of the debt limit predicated on these cuts, and allows for a vote on significant procedural change to our budgeting process.

In making this recommendation, we remain extremely concerned about the level of the federal debt and large annual budget deficits and remain committed to working with you and the Administration to address our Nation's fiscal challenges. We urge you to vote for this important legislation.


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